What is a Group Discussion?

Often an interview round may include a Group Discussion either as part of the first round of interviews or the second. But there is no doubt about the increasing popularity of Group Discussions. More and more companies are incorporating Group Discussions as part of their interview process.

In fact, Group Discussions are so common that they are also often included in entrance exams or end of the semester or end of the year exams. Here they often make a good percentage of the mark, hence it is quite important to do well in these.

But what exactly are Group Discussions?

Group Discussions or GDs for short, are exactly what their name suggests, a discussion conducted in a group. GDs have become quite popular recently as they are a great way to gauge a number of personal characteristics. Among others, GDs assess skills such as but not limited to leadership, social behavior, team building, team working, problem solving, public-speaking, and presence of mind.

GDs force strangers to interact and even have a discussion between them regarding a polarizing topic. This topic is generally selected by the interviewers or randomly by pulling a chit from several shortlisted topics. The interviewees may be able to pick which side they want to speak on, i.e. pro-topic or con, or they may be told which side to speak on, as this reduced the chances of all of the people in the group being on one side of the argument.

This process allows the interviewers to see how the prospective employees would behave in a meeting, especially with a client they may disagree with. It also tests the group’s general knowledge or GK, to see whether they have the ability to speak about any random topic that is suddenly put in front of them.

The GD aims to put the interviewees in a high stress situation and gauge their ability to persevere and the manner they do it in. It is extremely important to be confident and to appear to what you are talking about. As long as one participates in the discussion, and makes semi-intelligent points, then they are sure to clear the GD round.

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